Byrdella May Evans

May 14, 1929 ‒ December 14, 2016

Chesterville, Ohio

Byrdella May Evans, age 87, of Chesterville, died Wednesday December 14, 2016 at her home. Byrdella was born May 14, 1929 in Ankenytown to Floyd and Ollie (Martin) Swank and had spent her lifetime in Knox and Morrow counties.

She was a member of the Chesterville United Methodist Church and had been a member of Ann Hill Chapter Order of Eastern Star in Fredericktown and the Fredericktown Mothers Club. She had also served as a volunteer for Interchurch Social Services and was past president of the Fredericktown Red Hatters.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years Dale Evans; her son and daughter-in-law Dean and Heather Evans of Fredericktown; grandchildren Amber Evans Wiggins (Reise), Taylor Evans, Lauren Snyder and Justin Snyder; a great grandson Cooper Wiggins and her sister Ruth Truex of Mount Vernon.

Besides her parents, Byrdella was preceded in death by brothers Harry Swank and John D. Swank and sisters Eileen Swank, Gladys Tyson, Joan Schwartz, Levona Porter and Martha Amsbaugh.

Friends may call Monday from 4PM to 6PM at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 AM with Pastor Jeanne Winter and Pastor Dan Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Morrow County Hospice or the Morrow County Veterans association.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Byrdella May Evans.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. She was a very sweet lady. You have a our Deepest Sympathy.

  • To the Evans Family,
    So sorry to hear about Byrdella. I have so many great memories when we all attended Ankneytown Grace Brethren Church. She was so funny and always had a smile on her face. May God be with your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Dale, Dean and family,
    My sincerest sympathy at the loss of you sweet Mother. So many memories of her and Ruth at the Brethren church during all the vacation bible schools. Praying for your comfort and peace.

  • So sadden by the news of Byrdella’s passing. I sat in front of her at church for
    many years. She was a classy lady, with a kind heart. She was so much fun to be around. So sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs to all the family.

  • Dale, Dean and family members, so very sorry for the passing of your loved one,
    many blessings and prayers.

  • Dale, Dean and family,
    My sympathy for the passing of Byrdella, she was a lovely lady.
    Kathryn Nauman Williams

  • Amber and family:

    I am sorry to hear of the passing of your grandmother. My God help you find peace during this difficult time. Many prayers and love sent your way.

  • Dale, Dean and Family,

    I’m so sad to hear about “Aunt” Byrdella’s passing. I’ve known her since I was six years old, and I have such fond memories of her: going with her to pick up her poodle puppy, Suzette; taking care of Dean’s rabbits; crying with her and mom as we watched President Kennedy’s funeral on television in 1963; going to visit Mother Evans; and even cleaning her house with all those knickknacks on the shelves that had to be moved. She even played matchmaker for me and her nephew, Jim, by letting me know when he would be at her house so I could “happen to stop by.” She had the most wonderful laugh and made all those around her laugh as well. I will miss you, Aunt Byrdella. May you rest in peace. To Dale, Dean and all of her family, you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Dear Dale, Dean, Ruth, Rene’ and all the rest of Byrdellas’ family. So sorry for your loss. I loved Peggys’ remarks as they brought back many wonderful memories of this fun loving, giggling ladies life that we shared with her. Who can ever forget the time at a very unfairly officiated football game at Ontario, when Byrdella climbed over the low barrier around the football field and escorted the referees off the field ranting at them the whole way? Then the next game we played there, she removed her coat to show her dressed in the black and white striped officials shirt, complete with the whistle around her neck. She was so much fun to be around and her presence will be missed by all her knew her. She had a good long life and we were blessed to have known her. She can now join those she loved who has gone before her.

  • I have wanted to tell one on Byrdella and now that Peggy and Mabel have opened
    the way. This is my story, in the early 50’s, Dean must have been 2 yrs. old, he
    was not with us, however there was a small skating rink @ a lumber yard, on Rt. 42,
    close to Ashland and Joan, Ruth, Byrdella and myself went there a couple of times,
    and this one time, Byrdella thought she was Sonja Heine and was showing off and
    she landed on her behind. You know what Joan, Ruth and I were doing, laughing,
    a man came out to help her up and “she told him just let me lay for a while”. There
    was never a dull moment around her and we all will miss her for we won’t get to
    hear her giggling anymore. I will miss being @ visiting hours as I am leaving
    for Texas on Sun. I will be thinking of all of you, family and friends, and wish
    I was with you.

  • Dale, Dean, & family- so sorry to read of your loss. Remember Byrdella from going to school with Dean, & playing in the Moundvale neighborhood. Thoughts & prayers with you & yours

  • Dear dale. So sorry for your loss. So glad I was privileged to know Byrdella. Always loved it when she visited your Mom. It was here I grew to love her smile and friendship A truly beautiful person inside and out

  • In Fredericktown there was only one “Byrdella”. Her sparkle glistened wherever she went. Always enjoyed her visits to our family store as I grew up with her and her sisters Ruth & Joan. They have always been like family and I’m saddened for the loss. Wish to pass along sincerest condolences to Dean and Dale’s family.

  • Dear Dale, Dean, and Family
    Sending my hugs and prayers! I am selfishly missing her already, but we know she has a new home where she is free from struggling for each breathe! She fought the good fight! I consider it my honor that I got to spend several nights with them this past four months! We would talk until after midnight! Never did she complain! Such a special woman! Love you Byrdella!

    • Phyllis, Thank you for the kind words and most of all for helping us out on Wednesday nights. She thought the world of you and enjoyed having you there. Dean and Heather

  • thank you all for sharing your memories that I have enjoyed reading about Byrdella and all her funny things she did. I have fond memories of stopping after work years ago and doing all the Swanks hair. Then I had the privilege this past fall of doing her hair when her beautician had knee surgery. It was so good to be with them again and talking about so many memories. She was a special person. And she has a special son who did so much for them. And Dale you are a jewel of a husband and person .Remembering how you fixed all the appliances. around town. .We will always remember your kindness and laughter, Byrdella. We thank our God for you all! My Love, Jean Reed

  • My sincere sympathy to the Evans family in the loss of Byrdella. Dale, I have good memories of times we encountered each other. Byrdella had a wonderful enthusiasm. Dean I remember you as a very young man in the classroom and later. Time softens the pain of loss as all the great memories help. You are in my prayers for finding peace.



  • Dale & Dean
    Sorry I couldn’t make it to calling hours. I want to let you know how sorry I am for your loss. Byrdella was a always warm and caring. She will be deeply missed.
    With warmest regards,

  • Dale,Dean and Family Our thoughts and prayer are with you all, with deepest sympathies Doris/ and Dennis